NBA coach, reportedly: ‘You can’t have a hot woman [coaching] in the NBA. Guys will be trying to f— her every day’
Many want to get a woman – namely Spurs assistant Becky Hammon – hired as an NBA head coach.
That’s the wrong goal.
Instead, the focus should be on removing barriers that have nothing to do with coaching. Women, racial minorities and gay people have a harder time advancing in coaching because of those identities, not their coaching ability. Remove those barriers, and greater diversity in coaching will result. But it will come through the best people being hired, not a forced ascent for certain for selected coaches.
And make no mistake: Those barriers exist.
This is unacceptable workplace behavior. Companies thrive when they consider all job candidates and make all employees feel comfortable. That is clearly not the case with women in the NBA.
I’m not sure whether this coach is right about players, but the fact that he thinks he is is troubling enough. If he’s in position to hire someone, he won’t hire women he deems attractive. That’s sexist, plain and simple.
Employees and potential employees should be evaluated on their ability to do the job, not their attractiveness. Though Hammon becoming a head coach would force some people to confront their backward views, that alone won’t fix the discrimination against women in the NBA.
That’s a wider problem that should be addressed irrespective of any individual.